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Study abroad: A three-week trip is a valuable experience

Study abroad: A three-week trip is a valuable experience

Danielle Aihini, Travel Editor
February 7
Filed under Features, Showcase, Student Life, Study Abroad, Travel

"Three weeks was the perfect amount of time. I saw more, did more and ate more than I could have ever imagined and I left a better version of myself as a result."

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Embracing the imperfections of studying abroad

Embracing the imperfections of studying abroad

Adrienne Gagne, Contributor
December 6
Filed under Showcase, Student Life, Study Abroad, Travel

"Oftentimes I felt guilty for experiencing any sort of emotion other than elated happiness. However, it’s important to remember that nothing can be perfect all of the time. A few bad days will not negate the countless positive memories you will create during your trip."

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An iPhone lost at sea: Three months without a phone in a foreign place

An iPhone lost at sea: Three months without a phone in a foreign place

Sarah Strangie, Contributor
October 13
Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad, Travel

"There would be no more staring at my screen to avoid awkward silence. Instead, I learned to appreciate it."

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A coffee renaissance in Florence, Italy

A coffee renaissance in Florence, Italy

Julie Shamgochian, Lifesyle Editor
April 12
Filed under Features, Food/Health, Profiles, Study Abroad, Travel

In Italy, it's normal to see locals standing at the wooden bar surface for a quick morning cappuccino, but what may seem untraditional is finding café-goers seated, enjoying a long coffee break.

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“Denglisch”: Learning German in Germany

“Denglisch”: Learning German in Germany

Shannon Broderick, Travel Editor
February 11
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

The language barrier, and subsequent misadventures, were exhausting, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible to overcome. In addition to my limited vocabulary and shaky sentence structure, I had a habit of mangling German words without repair. My attempts to make the harsh, hissing-cat voice in the back of my throat made everyone, including myself, wince, and I had never been so self-aware of my own American accent.

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The Real World: Interning in Ireland with CAPA

The Real World: Interning in Ireland with CAPA

Margaret Moriarty, Contributor
December 1
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I think about how lucky I am to call Ireland, with its surreal, stunning beauty, my temporary home.

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Mannheim: Life in Germany’s second ugliest city

Mannheim: Life in Germany’s second ugliest city

Shannon Broderick, Travel Editor
October 20
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

The 'ugly duckling' of southern Germany was the best place I could have chosen to spend five months of my life.

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A nightmare abroad

A nightmare abroad

Taylor Gilmore, Writer
May 2
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Barcelona International College is not located along the coast, and the roof-top terrace is surrounded by buildings, although the image on the website shows blue skies all around. The only students I met during my time at BIC were American students studying abroad and we were not given any opportunities to meet local students.

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Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Katie Bowler, Campus Editor
March 10
Filed under Study Abroad, Top Five, Travel

Whether you're thinking about studying abroad or have simply caught the travel bug, Eastern Australia should be on your list of places to visit. Australia is home to many hidden and natural wonders, and especially an array of beautiful beaches.

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What my Italian language crisis taught me about happiness

What my Italian language crisis taught me about happiness

Sarah Robertson, Writer
November 21
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

“Are you Italian?” my friends would ask. “Not that I know of, but my dad was adopted so I might be.” “You could be, you’re kind of tan so you look Italian.” My spirit would fly a bit higher every time I heard someone would suggest I was Italian. Maybe this is why when I decided...

UMass alum takes a leap to volunteer in Nicaragua

UMass alum takes a leap to volunteer in Nicaragua

Kerry O'Connor, Writer
October 14
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

“Right after college is the best time to do something like this,” Robinson said, “It’s a time where you’re trying to figure out what’s next in your life. Going far outside your comfort zone and surrounding yourself with a completely new culture and language is a great way to reflect on the past 4 years of college. It’s a time where you have the most freedom you will probably ever have in life.”

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Witnessing history while abroad in Scotland

Witnessing history while abroad in Scotland

Joe Callagy, Writer
October 3
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

But, on Friday, Sept. 19, the people of Scotland could have seen the sun rise over an independent Scotland for the first time in over 300 years. The day before on Thursday, Sept. 18, over four million voters, aged 16 and up, took to the polling stations deep to answer one simple question: Should Scotland become an independent country?

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